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Matthew Weiner Says He “Doesn’t Remember” Sexually Harassing a Mad Men Writer

Matthew Weiner poses in front of a red curtain.
Matthew Weiner.
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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner continues to deny the sexual misconduct allegations from Kater Gordon, a former writer for the show. In November, Gordon came forward alleging that, while working late on an episode in 2008, “he told me that I owed it to him to let him see me naked.” During an interview published this Sunday by Vanity Fair to promote his upcoming Amazon series, The Romanoffs, Weiner said he didn’t recall ever saying that to her, “I really don’t remember saying that,” followed with, “I’m not hedging to say it’s not impossible that I said that, but I really don’t remember saying it.”

Gordon got her start working as Weiner’s personal assistant, becoming a staff writer by Season 3. A year after the alleged incident, she won an Emmy for the episode “Meditations in an Emergency,” on which she and Weiner are credited as co-writers. A few weeks later, Weiner fired her over the phone. Last year, she told the Information that she “had the Emmy, but instead of being able to use that as a launch pad for the rest of my career, it became an anchor because I felt I had to answer to speculative stories in the press.”

Weiner told Vanity Fair’s Joy Press that he, “can’t see a scenario where I would say that. What I can see is, it was 10 years ago and I don’t remember saying it. When someone says you said something, like the experience we just had right now—I don’t remember saying that.” Gordon hasn’t worked in the industry since, and now heads the nonprofit Modern Alliance, which helps sexual harassment victims.